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Can Anemia Increase Viral Load

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These approaches might not work. It may not be possible to stop using all medications that cause anemia. Two additional treatments are injections of EPO and transfusions. EPO (erythropoietin) stimulates the production of red blood cells. In 1985, scientists learned how to make synthetic EPO. It is injected under the skin, usually once a week. The most common brand of EPO is Procrit. In 2011 the FDA warned that using Procrit can increase the...
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Persistent and Worsening Anemia Despite Undetectable Viral Load

My viral load has been undetectable for more than a year now, and my T cell have been well over 500 for the same time. That's the good news. But I have been anemic since diagnosis, and it's worsening despite epoetin treatments. My count...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
If your erythropoeitin level before starting Procrit was less than 500, and other potential causes for your anemia have been ruled out, your Procrit dose may need to be increased to improve your low hemoglobin.You mentioned that you were taken off... Read more »

increased viral load can fatigue me?

my cbc is w/in normal ranges, including Hct and Hgb. However, I feel as if I am chronically fatigued. I have very little stamina and low energy. My viral load is 500,000. Can the amount of HIV present cause the fatigue of itself? Can I have the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
There appears to be a fairly good correlation between sustained high viral load levels and fatigue. And you don't have to have anemia. It make take a while even after your viral load becomes undetectable in the blood for the fatigue to go away,... Read more »

Will PROCRIT shots increase my viral load?

Hey Dr. Bob,My viral load is now finally below detectable levels! Yeah!!! that's the good news. The bad news is that Viracept is shitty medicine so to speak. Pardon my language but I am now intimately acquainted with every restroom in this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Dear Friend,Congratulations on getting your viral load under control! I fully realize the effort it takes to adhere to these complex and potent medications especially when their side effects are so unpleasant! First regarding the... Read more »

Viral Load Increase (CHOOSING AN HIV SPECIALIST, 2010)

Hi, I was diagnosed June of 2009 with HIV with a high viral load, and right away they put me on medication because I was extremely fatigued, and I quickly became undetectable. Once I started the medication, it totally jump started my immune system...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,1. Flaxseed oil, fish oil, vitamin D and GNC Men's Sport Multivitamins do not interact with your antiretrovirals.2. Your progressively increasing viral load (undetectable to 50 to 116 to 770) could indicate the development of resistance... Read more »
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Coffe may increase viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I read an acticle about coffee increasing viral load has anyone else read this?

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viral load

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Does the viral load go up after exposure or during ARS ?
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cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 5 Replies
I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any possible secondary infections and... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

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The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »